ReFuse Unnecessary Stuff
When taking out, refuse the unnecessary packaging! Think about the spoons, forks, straws, and napkins that you get served (why do they give you enough for a family of 20 when eating alone?). Ask yourself before accepting all these items, "Do I really need all of this?", "Am I going to be eating this right away?" (If so, why take the bag or the napkins)... just enjoy your muffin - and be neat so the napkin isn't needed!
ReTakeYour Own Reusables
Bring your own reusables (BYOR) and you won't need to use the can - garbage, that is. You can bring your own containers, straws, cutlery, mugs, bottles, and even your own bag - It's so easy to find and use!
It's easy to fall into a routine, so why not choose to create a new one? Reconsider and readjust your habits and adopt healthier eating strategies - it might be challenging at first - but it will save you time, money, your health, and our world. The bonus? You'll feel like an eco-hero and will inspire others around you to follow suit.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Bleatings from EnviRambo.
Have you heard about the new campaign on the block? I am talking about TakeOutWithOut. Launched just this month, the TakeOutWithOut (TOWO) campaign aims to reduce restaurant waste by raising awareness to the outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create every day.
Just think about it, one meal out creates a crazy amount of waste. Whether it is the paper bag, sandwich wrappers, napkins, cup, lid, and straw from a fast-food joint or plastic plate, cup, disposable cutlery and paper napkin wrapped in plastic from a chain restaurant, eating out not only fills your stomach, but also the landfill. Even if you go to a sit-down restaurant to be served, odds are you will encounter a paper napkin or paper napkin-ring on a cloth napkin and if you are lucky enough to get an actual glass-glass it inevitably will come with a plastic straw bobbing in it. Next time you eat out count the individual pieces of waste you create. That is just one meal, one person. Multiply that by a few million Americans and you have enough paper bags, plastic cups, and disposable forks and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. Per year!
I have managed to reduce some of my restaurant waste. I carry a klean kanteen, cloth napkin, to-go ware cutlery, glass dharma glass straw, and wrap-n-mat. Even though I have a wrap-n-mat I still struggle with taking home leftovers. The wrap-n-mat is great for sandwiches and other not-too-messy food, but liquids and something oozy not so much. I have not devoted the time to finding a suitable take-home container. Instead I go through the mental struggle of choosing guilt over wasting food or guilt over wasting a disposable container. Ultimately I end up schlepping home a styrofoam container half-full of guilt.
To quote TOWO, "We can't aim for perfection, but we can aim for improvement by saying NO to unnecessary packaging and even toting our own reusables."
TakeOutWithOut's creed is three-fold:
I think this is a great campaign! I hope to one day be able to dine at a restaurant without having to remember to ask for no straw (Why do drinks automatically come with one?) and without feeling like I am stealing from the buffet when I pull a take-home container out of my purse (I do not even eat off buffets!), but most of all without waste.
You can join the TOWO campaign on Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter and of course, by adhering to the 3-Rs: ReFuse, ReTake, ReConsider.